Welcome Home, Soldier: Now Shut Up
It is almost as necessary as daily bread. This is for my friend Susan. Maybe a bit laid back for you but give it a try.
Is controlling the courts. It is amazing to me that the far right judges that had blatant histories of being partisan in their rulings in lower courts would be vetted by the “opposition” party in Congress. Falling for the “I will be nuetral” line again and again.
I am reminded of the parable of the snake. It has several variations. Here is one of them:
Once upon a time there was a serpent who was badly injured in a fight with another animal. It managed to slither away to safety but would have surely died if a benevolent man had not seen it suffering by the side of the road. The goodly man carefully wrapped the snake up and took it to his house, where he bestowed the kindest and gentlest care on the snake until it was healed and could return to the wild. Just as the man was releasing the serpent back into the grass, the ungrateful snake turned and bit him on the hand.
“What did you do that for?” cried the man, who knew that the bite of this particular snake was usually fatal. “Didn’t I take care of you when no one else would?”
The snake shrugged (no small feat for a snake!) and replied to the benevolent–and now doomed– man, “What did you expect? You knew I was a snake when you picked me up.”
And what can be said of Democrats that voted to approve of these “snakes?” They knew what they were in their confirmation hearings and, yet again, fell for their spiel. The fact that McCain has stated that he would put more justices in our highest court in the model of Roberts and Alito should give every fascist hating citizen reason enough to pull the lever (touch the screen?) for Obama.
The recent disent written by Antonin Scalia after the 5-4 vote in favor of detainees held as “enemy combatants” being able to challenge their detention in civilian court, and the uproar raised by the right-wing echo chamber, should be an indicator of how much more of the constitution will be degraded if another far right judge gets on the Supreme court. The Limbaughs, Hannitys, Ingrahms, Becks, et all sounded as if the decision would lead to “the destruction of an American city” , as one of them said, the end of baseball and the barring of cooking apple pie. I’ve yet to figure out why they are afraid of our justice system. Why they hate democratic institutions. Why they see utilizing our courts as an opening for terrorists. Is our system that hollow?
When Athony Kennedy, appointed by Reagan, is on the left of most of the justices, clearly the scale has slid to the dangerous side rightward. Perhaps the future of Supreme Court appointees is one of the greatest reasons no not vote Republican in November. Among others.
But then again, so is a quicky in the men’s room and a happy ending down at the parlor…
Proving again that irony did not die the day Henry Kissinger got the Nobel Peace Prize….
Yes, despite them all we are still going backwards:
“Despite many positive developments, Afghanistan continues to face challenges,” the report said. “The Taliban regrouped after its fall from power and have coalesced into a resilient insurgency. It now poses a challenge to the Afghan government’s authority in some rural areas. . . . The Taliban is likely to maintain or even increase the scope and pace of its terrorist attacks and bombings in 2008.”
If nothing more this administration should be impeached for gross incompetence. Why is it “off the table?”
One of the most ill-advised and stupid things that the administration could do now or at any time during it’s waining days would be to attack Iran. Ergo…I am fairly certain that they will. Having been wrong before, I am hoping that I am now. However, I don’t think that I am.
Like a bad dream that keeps playing over, we see the same signs, hear the same rhetoric and bellicosity from the administration that we had in the run up to our invasion of Iraq. Unproven assertions of Iranian “Special Groups” supplying “sophisticated” weapons and training to Iraqi insurgents continue to be repeated by them and echoed in the media. Our proxy, Israel, is having preparatory war games for an attack on Iran. For a country that has an undeclared nuclear program with an existing stockpile of nuclear bombs that are not allowed to be inspected they are doing a great job of acting indignant about Iran’s.
I wonder if we would have such…fear of Iran if we had not overthrown their democratically elected president Mosidegh in 1953.
We then installed Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and his Savak who terrorized his subjects with a brutal, U.S-backed regime that led to the rise of fundamental Islam. Perhaps if we had left Mossadegh alone and treated him equitably the entire subsequent history of the Middle East would be much less violent. Perhaps.
Sy Hersch has a piece in The New Yorker that points to some bad omens. It is called:
Preparing the Battlefield
The Bush Administration steps up its secret moves against Iran.
Check it out….
And why is this treasure NEVER on the “liberal media?”
An MIT professor of linguistics and an academic thinker with devastating articulation who has helped me understand things a bit better. Noam Chomsky. Here is a little sit down with him. Eyesopening, if you’re out there, this is for you.
But who followed the return of the Winter Soldiers this March?
I followed the hearings courtesy of Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now at:
In 1971 there was the first Winter Soldier Investigation. John Kerry was there and was a very powerful speaker. I don’t know where that John Kerry was during the 2004 election. A documentary called “Winter Soldier” is available and I highly recommend it. There was a modern Winter Soldier event in March of this year. It was, sadly, not covered by the Mainstream Media. Only “alternative media” sources picked it up. Amy Goodman, being one of my mortal deities gave it its due coverage. If you know nothing at all about the Winter Soldiers, please do some research.
While we are all living our mundane lives and going through the motions of existence here at home, there is hell on earth and it is called Iraq and Afghanistan. Our troops are in a no win situation there and suffer daily because of it. Victory is not attainable because the foundation of our aggression is built on lies. A castle built of sand crumbles to the sea, eventually, said the great poet Jimi Hendrix.
One of the blocks of the Paradigm Pyramid is US military intervention in other countries. We wrap our young sons and daughters around the flag and send them out to do old men’s deeds. The only winners seem to be Defense Contractors. But, in a way, our troops are like unborn fetuses to conservative christians. They are worth all the press and attention they can get while in the womb, but once they come out they’re on their own. With our soldiers in conflicts we paste those decals of solidarity made in China on our cars and sing praise at Memorial Day (though not much more) and when they come home they are pretty much useless for our self-serving rhetoric and issues. They can’t even get the proper medical and psychological care and the facilities that they need.
Please read the following. Understand that war is not about valor and honor and red, white and blue. It is about destroyed lives and wrecked souls. If you know a veteran that is returning and happen to ask how it went “over there” give them the courtesy of listening. Then buy them a beer….
Welcome Home, Soldier: Now Shut Up